Rishi Sunak builds private pool at mansion as local swimming baths face closure

Rishi Sunak has reportedly built a private pool at his £1.5 million mansion, while his constituents are on the brink of losing their public baths due to soaring energy prices.

The former Chancellor and his wife Akshata Narayan Murty are said to have applied for a new stone building on a paddock in Richmond, North Yorkshire last year.

It will house a gym, a 12×5 metre pool, four showers and storage, according to reports.

Meanwhile, Richmond Pool is struggling after facing a 400% energy hike, resulting in eye-watering gas and electricity costs.

Bills will increase from £63,600 to £315,000 per year – with no prospect of any government help, according to locals.

This is because only household consumers are protected by Ofgem’s energy price cap to keep tariffs down – which excludes community and school pools.

The leisure centre, in the heart of Richmond, has served the community of 2,000 since 1976 as a charitable venture.

Leadership hopeful Mr Sunak, who is a multi-millionaire, is said to pay running costs of £13,000 a year on his mansion.

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